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Brenda Zedlitz

Brenda Zedlitz holds an MSSW from University of Texas at Arlington, is a licensed certified social worker (LCSW)in Arkansas, and draws from a 15 year background in child welfare, child care licensing, and state and federal early child education with a focus on partnership and community-building in both public and private sectors. As Senior Director of Partner Success, Brenda works to grow, strengthen and engage the Child Care Aware® of America member community.

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Agents of Change: Introducing a Familiar Face as Deputy Executive Director

By Brenda Zedlitz on November 13, 2018

I am often asked what we “do” at Child Care Aware® Across America. My favorite answer is, “we change the world for children and those who care about and for them.” This audacious statement inevitably leads to a deeper conversation about children, families and the critical issue of child care in our nation.

With a vision and mission statement that “ensure[s] every family in the United States has access to a high-quality, affordable child care system” and to “advance a child care system that effectively serves all children and families”, we have to approach our work with a boldness that comes from a deep understanding of why we do what we do.

Knowing our “why” equips us to become agents of change who will make the vision and mission at Child Care Aware® of America, a reality.

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CCR&Rs and Eligibility Workers

By Brenda Zedlitz on September 13, 2018

 

Child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies are sometimes well-kept secrets in the world just peripheral to child care. We recently found this to be true when my colleagues, Courtnie Wheeless, Florida Office of Early Learning, Marlana Kelly and Lei Kendale, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAOA) External Affairs, and I accepted an invitation to present at the 2018 NEW PATHS Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Our goal was simple: To share resources and knowledge to increase effectiveness of services to children and families in the areas of early child education and child care. Our objectives were to provide an overview of the work and mission of CCAoA and the Florida Office of Early Learning, to introduce CCR&Rs as a resource for eligibility workers, to provide practical application for a child care search, and, finally, to learn from the field of eligibility workers how our work intersects. 

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